Posted 10 years ago
Some months ago I posted this necklace in the Unsolved Mysteries category, but didn't receive any responses.
At first when we came across this necklace in my partner's deceased mother's "junk" jewelry box, we thought it was just costume jewelry. Just for grins, we took the necklace to a jewelry store and, to our surprise, the diamonds tested as authentic. Our next step was to have it appraised.
This is what the appraiser had to say:
Date of appraisal: October 24, 2009
>> Ladies 9, gold, diamonds and enamel necklace
>> Metal content: 36.2 grams total weight
>> Setting technique: prong set and bead set
>> Condition: good
>> Manufacturing technique: fabricated
>> Manufacturer: unknown
>> The necklace is a fabricated Georgian style necklace with 23 separate
>> parts, each separated from the next by a single knuckle hinge Each
>> link is a geometric style motif with approximately 214 diamond bead
>> and prong set through the piece (Rose cut natural diamonds, 2.1-7mm,
>> I1-I2, I-J, approx 5.0 cts total weight). On each piece is a blue
>> enamel bar. The entire piece is 18 inches total length with a
>> fabricated chain. Unmarked tested 9k. See photo for design details.
>> Estimated manufacture 1800 based on style and techniques of
>> manufacture and materials used. Estimated to be made in England.
Has anyone out there seen a picture of a similar necklace? Or, can anyone provide me any additional information about the necklace? I'm terribly curious about its history.